Strengthening of alternative community media outlets.

Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
National Commission of Telecommunications (CONATEL), an agency under the control of the Ministry of Communications.
Key objectives of the measure:

To address the following needs in a comprehensive manner: to furnish, train and ensure the economic viability of alternative community media outlets throughout the country, and help consolidate the National Public System of Alternative and Community Media. 

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
regulatory, financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

The project is meant to increase the use of telecommunications and provide widespread access to them, until they become a springboard for development through the following couple of measures:

To see that organized communities are constantly serviced and community media initiatives in process are followed up.

To assist groups interested in the project in their administrative processing, and help ease their incursions in the field of free-to-air community radio and television broadcasting as non-profit organizations. 

The ultimate goal is to foster the process through which independent media content is generated, and strengthen popular spaces for communications by providing training, technical and financial assistance, as well as technical equipment.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Between 2013 and 2016, close to 500 visits took place to provide comprehensive technical consultancy to more than 120 communities interested in the alternative community media program, including 30 training sessions. 

Furthermore, assistance was provided to 156 communities and 21 visits took place to develop projects to apply for a broadcasting license.  

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

The project receives an average of US$ 25,000 per year, from the regular national budget and supplemental appropriations.

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Media Arts